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Allsvenskan kicks off

After a long, cold winter, the return of Sweden's top football league saw a torrent of pent-up energy and aggression unleashed - and that was just among the sports writers.

Halmstads got off to a flying start with a 5-2 win over Örebro, and they were joined at the top of the table by AIK and Örgryte, the only other teams to record a victory.

Scandal #1 of the new season: Kalmar FF’s trainer, Nanne Bergstrand, accused the referee of foul play in his team’s game against IFK Göteborg. “Our foreign players never had a free kick in their favour,” he told Expressen. “It looks like racism.”

It’s going to be a long, hot summer.

FOOTBALL

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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